About Me

Dr. Winkelman studies issues at the intersection of criminal justice and health, with particular interest in Medicaid, substance use disorders, and health care utilization. This is where he focuses his time and research as the co-leader of the Healthcare, Homelessness, and Criminal Justice Lab at Hennepin Healthcare.


Dr. Winkelman works closely with Hennepin County in Minnesota on cross-sector data projects that integrate criminal justice, health care, housing, and social service data to inform county policy and programs. These projects inform public policy across multiple departments and serve as a model for evidence-based policy across the state and country. Dr. Winkelman recently lead efforts to implement medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder in the Hennepin County jail and is one of two physicians who treat patients with opioid use disorder while incarcerated. Dr. Winkelman is the site-PI at Hennepin Healthcare for the National Institute of Drug Abuse funded Justice Community Innovation Network, which aims to improve opioid use disorder treatment for individuals involved in the criminal justice system. He has written about the impact of the Affordable Care Act on individuals in the criminal justice system and the overlapping epidemics of mass incarceration and opioid use in the United States. He has also led early work on the evolving nature of the opioid crisis, which is now complicated by rising rates of methamphetamine use. In addition to these interests, Dr. Winkelman has led and collaborated on work to understand substance use trends during pregnancy and associated impacts on infants. His work has been published in JAMA Network OpenJAMA PediatricsAmerican Journal of Public Health, and Health Affairs and has been featured on NPR, TIME, Forbes, and the New York Times.


      BS                         University of Saint Thomas                                        2007                           

                                    St. Paul, Minnesota    

                                    Chemistry, summa cum laude

      MD                        University of Minnesota Medical School                   2011

                                    Minneapolis, Minnesota

                                    With honors

      Residency             Internal Medicine and Pediatrics                                2011 – 2015

                                    University of Minnesota Medical School      

                                    Minneapolis, Minnesota

      Fellowship           Robert Wood Johnson Foundation                             2015 – 2017

                                    Clinical Scholars Program

                                    University of Michigan

                                    Ann Arbor, Michigan


      MSc                       Health and Healthcare Research                                 2016

                                    University of Michigan, Rackham Graduate School

                                    Ann Arbor, Michigan